Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Coke Rewards drops weekly code limit to 75 points total entry per week

One of the new changes when MCR re-launched it's website recently was a drastic lowering of the weekly code limit.  It had been 120, dropped to 100, and has now fallen down to 75 points total.  That's 25 three-point codes or seven 12-packs.  Most people generally do not drink that much Coke in a week anyway, but I've seen some grumbling.  Mainly because  Coke did not warn of an impending drop and the site went down without much notice (as in a social media posting just a few hours, if that, before it went down for days).  By then, the new rules had already gone into effect, again, without a heads-up since the social media post relating to the site maintenance was on 1/21 and the new rules began 1/20. 

Note:  The 75 point weekly limit does not include bonus points.

What you will see is a bit different rewards system, now tiered (site fully integrated into Beta), and there are some rewards that weren't otherwise available under MCR's original site (like gift cards, for example).   Still, at 75 points a week, if you were accustomed to entering more codes (like your co-workers gave up their cap codes to you, for instance), the drop in entering will affect your ability to rack up points at a good clip. 

75 x 52 = 3,900 possible per year if you entered faithfully each week
100 x 52 = 5,200 possible per year if you entered faithfully each week
Difference of -1,300 points

However, on a positive note, I did migrate to Beta a few months ago and enjoyed the Christmas rewards selection, snagging a few gift cards on the cheap.  It is for this reason that I recommend you bank what you can and hope for a great offer, or at the very least, save those points for next Christmas.  I was also able to snag the max coupons for free Coke at 30 points when the offer was live.  Very nice and worth it to me to save up points for that alone.

Kandoo wipes deal at Kroger stores (link to .50/1 coupon printable)

Kandoo is running a special deal at Kroger grocery stores through February 3.

It's a a 10 for $10 sale on their 42-count potty training wipes.  There is a printable coupon for .50/1, and it's one print only. 

Get your printable here:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Free Superbowl Tumber with purchase 5 Pepsi products at Amazon (WSL) and free shipping.

Pepsi drinkers:  Amazon Pantry has a special deal you might be interested in. While supplies last, you can receive a free Superbowl tumbler with the purchase of 5 Pepsi products, and it will ship free.  You just have to make sure you have all 5 items in your cart.  Pepsi 12 packs are currently $3 on Amazon, a fair price (depending on your market).

Pepsi offer includes:  Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mug, Diet Pepsi, and Sierra Mist products in the list. There are chips also listed in the offer, but they're $4 a bag (not a good deal).  Be sure to add the tumbler into your cart and make sure it comes off at the end. 

The link below will take you to the offer page.

Free Superbowl tumber offer at Amazon

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Swag Code Extravaganza today (1/21/2015): Mind, Body, Soul

Guess what? Swagbucks JUST announced they're having a Swag Code Extravaganza on Wednesday, Jan 21st!! Starting at 7am PT - 6:pm PT (or 10am ET - 9pm ET), you can get up to 30 SB from Swag Codes today! There are 5 in all, check the image to know when and where to find ALL the Swag Codes. Not a member yet? It an easy way to get gift cards online, and many ways (like these bonus Swag Codes) are free! Sign up here. 

* NB * The first code should be coming out after 10 A.M. Eastern.  Good luck, everyone! Remember, the codes are only going to be good for just one hour, so be sure to snag as many of them as you can when they're released.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Swagbucks New Year, New You Collector Bills are here! #sponsored #gpt

Swagbucks' celebration of the New Year continues with a set of exclusive "New Year. New You" Collector's Bills. They're a set of five unique Swag Buck bills that you win exclusively through their Search feature. Starting January 12th and running through January 19th, if you win all five bills, you'll get a bonus of 15 Swag Bucks automatically added to your account.

If you want to track which bills you've won, just go to the "My Swag Bucks" area of your account and click on the "Collector's Bills" tab.

Quick tip: If you default your browser's search engine to Swagbucks, you won't miss any opportunities to earn those bills!

If you haven't joined Swagbucks yet, click here to start earning free gift cards.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

JC Penney Store Closure List (39 stores in 19 states)

HuffPo has posted a complete JC Penney Store Closure list of the 40 stores by state and location.  Here's a bit of a break down of which states are losing stores. PA was the hardest hit with 5 closures that will be closed this year, with North Carolina losing 4 stores as well.  HuffPo also reports that bulk of stores on the list will be closed by April 4.  Most stores are in mall complexes.

Losing 1 store 
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
South Dakota

Losing 2 stores
South Carolina

Losing 3 stores

Losing 4 stores
North Carolina

Losing 5

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

CVS' Project Health: Free Health Screenings in Select Cities this month (dates/locations vary)

CVS' Project Health will be running health screenings in select cities this month.  You will need to put in your zip code on the Project Health page to find one near you.  A list of the cities is below.  The dates and locations of the screenings will vary. 

Screenings include:  Glucose, blood pressure, BMI, Total Cholesterol, and Smoking Cessation help.  You may receive a free tote for participating, while supplies last.  The website indicated that there is a $5 coupon included with the free tote.

So check to see if you have a participating city near you.

Images screen grabbed from CVS site to show locations.

Sam's Club Free Health Screening 1/10/2015

Don't forget that there's a free health screening at Sam's Club this Saturday, January 10, 2015.  This month's screening has a focus on a "sensible new you", and includes screenings for glucose, cholesterol, and BMI.  Tests may vary by club, according to state laws. 

Find a club near you

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Liberty Kids video just $5 on

Liberty Kids is an awesome DVD that's cheap to pick up for families for educational enrichment, or even great for homeschooling families.

I got this video a few months ago and my 10 year old just loves it.  It is set in Revolutionary times and brings in many of the events of those times.  The kids are the heroes in the stories and one of the main characters is a British girl who comes to understand why the colonists want to revolt.

Get your copy to day.  Great for summer time or even just to play in the car on those long car rides.

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

E-file your 2014 Taxes as soon as January 20, 2015

With the holiday hustle and bustle, you might have missed this tidbit of 2014 Tax news.  The IRS released a press release on 12/29 that states that e-filing of your 2014 taxes can begin as soon as January 20.  Earlier releases by the IRS had put the date out until the end of January.  Early filers, rejoice!

Those of y'all who still need/want to file paper returns, the January 20 date still applies to you as well.

Here are some tips I have of getting all of my tax information ready!

1.  Have a home for those tax documents that come in the mail.  Keep them all in one safe, secure place.

2.  Grab last year's tax return.  Review it.  Make note of anything out of the ordinary such as a stray 1099 that you might have received last year.  This will help you have a better idea of whether you have all of your forms to file or not.

3.  Download any electronic 1099/1098s.  Banks and student loan/mortgage servicers often have these online at the beginning of January.  Be wary, too, if you receive paper statements as sometimes the 1099/1098 form is inside the envelope.

4.  Download your PayPal log if you used it for business purposes.  It takes a while to get the log, so request it now.  If you're downloading a whole year's worth of data, PayPal will email the file to you, but it's often not instantly.

5.  Track down your charitable expenses now instead of waiting until you sit down to file.  See earlier post about 2014's standard mileage rates.

6.  Review your finances!  You may be able to defer money into a retirement account to help save on your tax bill for 2014. 

7.  Consider e-filing if you can.  It's much more secure than paper filing and you receive your money faster.  Opt for direct deposit and there's no worries about a lost check.